Life Sciences Librarian

at The Ohio State University (view profile)
Location Columbus, Ohii
Date Posted March 5, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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The Life Sciences Librarian will serve as the subject liaison to the College of Pharmacy and the College of Arts and Sciences’ biological sciences programs, and will establish a programmatic approach to building partnerships with and delivering the Libraries' resources and services to a wide variety of students, faculty, and staff in OSU’s academic community.  The Librarian will build a wide-ranging support agenda for research, teaching and learning.  Collaboration and engagement will extend beyond the pharmacy and biological sciences programs to include various life sciences, technology, and interdisciplinary communities and units, programs, and centers across the university.

The Librarian will work with the Collections Strategist to monitor collections in their subject areas, and will work with Biological Sciences/Pharmacy Library staff and the Circulation Coordinator to ensure that library space and collections are optimized for teaching and research. This position reports to the Head of the Sciences Cohort and, as part of the cohort, will work with colleagues to identify emerging constituent needs and develop and implement a contemporary approach to liaison librarianship.

The Librarian will be committed to advancing efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in library, university, and professional contexts. The Librarian will have a capacity to thrive in a changing work environment and fulfill position expectations as outlined below.

  • Promote the Libraries as an intellectual meeting place for programming, content, and inquiry.
  • Actively engage and communicate effectively with faculty, students, and staff in the areas of biological sciences and pharmacy. This includes associated undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs and various education and research centers and strategic initiatives housed across the university.
  • Communicate the value of scholarly communication, digital initiatives, the development of new online tools, copyright, data management, affordability, and the integration of information literacy skills into the curriculum and the impact to the scientific community.
  • Anticipate and respond to users’ research and information needs throughout the research lifecycle.


Required Qualifications:                                                      

  • An ALA-accredited master’s degree or a comparable graduate degree from a non-U.S. university reviewed on a case-by case basis, or a terminal degree in biology, chemistry, pharmacy, or a relevant life sciences field.
  • Demonstrated ability to support research and information needs in the life sciences in collaboration with faculty, students, or staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver instruction and support literacy within science courses and curricula.
  • Commitment to librarianship, scholarship, and service, which are required criteria to meet University and University Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure.


Desired Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree, or higher, or equivalent in biology, chemistry, pharmacy, or a relevant life sciences field.
  • At least 3 years of experience in an academic or special library environment or comparable setting.
  • Experience providing research support services to scientific researchers, faculty, staff, professional, graduate, and undergraduate students.
  • Experience and expertise including but not limited to:
    • Data management throughout the research lifecycle.
    • Study design, statistical methods and/or data analytics in the sciences.
    • Instructional design in the sciences.
    • Systematic reviews.
    • Scholarly communications in the sciences.
    • Grant writing.
    • Laboratory science work.


Discover Ohio State:

The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus is the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation.  The University's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.


The Ohio State University Libraries is here to support students, scholars, Buckeyes and beyond advancing research, teaching, and learning. We offer educational resources, services, and expertise that opens minds and forwards equity, inclusion, and diversity in the pursuit and sharing of knowledge. Learn about our strategic directions.


Libraries’ greatest resource is our faculty and staff. Their expertise produces value beyond the collections and their commitment to continual improvement and innovation is one of the most significant ways University Libraries meets the diverse and evolving information needs of university students, faculty, staff, alongside scholars throughout Ohio and the world.

We provide convenient, ubiquitous resources and services – accessible from your home or office, inside one of our welcoming facilities or wherever your scholarly pursuits lead you. University Libraries gives you access to deep research collections, an extensive offering of online resources, and distinctive special collections of exceptional quality. Our facilities offer work spaces designed to facilitate diverse learning styles and research methods.


As a global leader, The Ohio State University and the Libraries are actively engaged in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives to help shape the future of academic research libraries. These activities and the innovations that result enhance our ability to acquire, manage, and preserve emerging information resources, support knowledge creation, and enable its effective transmission to future learners.   Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at



This is a full-time, permanent, 12-month appointment.  For appointment as a tenure-track faculty member, the candidate will be required to meet university and Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure.  Salary, position type, and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.



All of the benefits available to you reflect Ohio State’s commitment to provide high-quality, affordable plans and represent a significant component of your total rewards for working at Ohio State.  The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary.  State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:


Join Us!

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by March 31, 2018. Please send cover letter, CV and references to Erica Jonak at Please include Life Sciences Librarian in the subject field.  Contact Information:  Erica Jonak, Human Resources, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-247-8887.


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


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